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I completed my bachelor's degree at Ball State University in 2009 where I worked under Dr. Melody Bernot and
Dr. Mark Pyron. I completed my PhD at Kansas State University, under the advisement of Dr. Keith Gido, in 2014. In
addition to my research on stream fishes on Konza Prairie, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and throughout the Midwest and Great Plains, I have
taught introductory and upper level biology and ecology courses at university level. I was awarded the National Science Foundation EIDRoP GK-12
fellowship in 2012-2013, with the goal of igniting an interest in science
for young people and teach them proper methods of scientific inquiry.
I am currently a member of the Biology faculty at Emporia State University. I am also the expert science correspondent for the Fish Nerds. I volunteer teach science at the Wonder Workshop Children's Museum on Tuesday evenings where I provide information on local fishes and give hands-on activities about all the wonders of science to kids ages 6-12. I also volunteer teach Emporia Middle School students about numerous scientific topics as part of the Beta Beta Beta Honors Biology program.
For more information on the work I'm doing, classes I teach, and all the nerdy hobbies I have, check out the links up top!